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  • 17-Mar-2016

Aquaponos

Abstract

We are Aquaponos, and we want to revolutionize the way that food is grown to make it more sustainable, accessible, and feasible to grow nutritious and delicious food.​​ We believe that the way we currently grow food is flawed - as it consumes high amounts of water and uses a significant amount of land.

We want to use aquaponics, a method of growing food that combines hydroponics (or growing plants in water) with fish. Aquaponics uses 95% less water than traditional growing, and only 1/6th of the space. It forms a more sustainble and closed loop system that can be adapted to work anywhere, such as urban areas and undesirable climates. At Aquaponos, we want to design, build, and provide aquaponics systems for all, to make fresh and delicious produce more accessible to all.

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Who is your customer?

We aim to pursue younger individuals who have an interest in sustainability or home growing, and who are more environmentally conscious, and provide them a sustainable way of growing food in their own home. We also aim to pursue individuals who want to learn how their food is grown and will provide an educational system to grow their own food.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

People want to take charge of their own food production - and they want to source food in a way that is sustainable, efficient, and convenient to them. However, they may not have the means of doing so. Growing your own food through traditional gardening isn't accessible to all as it requires the land to do so, as well as a significant amount of water and time to maintain. We have created an individual aquaponics system to enable individuals to grow their own food at home, in an a way that uses less water and is self sustaining.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our product will enable individuals to grow food in their home in a ways that is very sustainable and allow them to participate in sustainability. We want to create a happy medium between DIY aquaponics and existing home products. Currently, there's two ways of doing aquaponics. The DIY scale involves designing and building a system and involves time, expertise, and space to build. On the other side, current home systems are often not big enough to sustain a significant amount of growth. We want to design a happy medium between these two, that allows individuals to grow some of their own food but in a way that is still accessible to them and sustainable.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team consists of three main co-founders backed by a small team of aquaponics experts. We are a driven team of student entrepreneurs who met and founded Aquaponos. We are a team of engineers, capable of designing a quality product through our expertise, and have a background in product design. We also have sought mentorship in areas of business development and legal help.